Google start-up to help companies trace back cyber attacks

Posted on Tuesday, March 05 2019 @ 12:52 CET by Thomas De Maesschalck
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Chronicle is about to release a new product called Backstory. What makes this interesting is that Chronicle is a security start-up owned by Google parent Alphabet, it will help other companies to trace the back story of a malicious attack by providing access to Alphabet's vast storage, indexing, and search abilities. Companies wishing to use the services of Chronicle will be charged by their number of employees.

The reason why Google got so involved in security over the last decade is Operation Aurora. Nearly ten years ago, Google got hit by one of the most startling cyberattacks on an American company, as the Chinese military managed to penetrate Google. This was a massive wake-up call for Google, resulting in the hiring of cyberexperts from the NSA and Silicon Valley to ensure this would never happen again:
Google poached cyberexperts from the National Security Agency and Silicon Valley. It built a threat analysis group on a par with those at the top intelligence agencies and designed a new security infrastructure. It also created a new team, called Google Project Zero, to hunt for critical security flaws in technology outside Google.

“When the Chinese attacked in 2010, that was an entire wake-up call for us; our entire attitude changed,” said Eric Schmidt, a member of Alphabet’s board of directors who was chief executive of Google at the time of incident, in an interview.
More details at NY Times.

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Thomas has been messing with computer since early childhood and firmly believes the Internet is the best thing since sliced bread. Enjoys playing with new tech, is fascinated by science, and passionate about financial markets. When not behind a computer, he can be found with running shoes on or lifting heavy weights in the weight room.

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